A pangolin, rescued from a vegetable garden at Isobpur village near Lawacherra forest in Sreemangal upazila under the district yesterday morning, is undergoing treatment at Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation in the upazila.
“The pangolin got trapped in a net when it came to the vegetable garden. Then locals beat it. Later, local resident Shimul Deb rescued it and informed us. We took it here and started giving treatment. But it has not taken any food yet,” Swapan Deb Sojol, director of the foundation, said in the afternoon.
“The pangolin would be four to five years old. After treatment we will release it in Lawacherra forest,” he said.
Animesh Ghose Ayon, wildlife biologist at Creative Conservation Alliance, said the animal is listed as critically endangered in International Nature and Natural Resources Conservation Association.
“In Asia region, the female pangolin gives birth to one to three babies within 120 to 150 days of conceiving. They weigh 80 to 450 grams at birth and become mature in two years. Then the fibres of the body become too strong.
“It grows 30 to 100 centimetres long, weighing two to 10 kg. They live for around two decades.
“Most of wild animals come out from the jungle at night for food. Sometimes callous people attack them, especially near habitats,” he said.
Dr M Monirul H Khan, professor of zoology at Jahangirnagar University, said, “Pangolin is a nocturnal animal. During the night, they roam around in forests. They dig the soil from one to one and a half metres with their sharp nails and eat poisonous insects, aphids and ants. Ants are its favourite food.”
Meanwhile, the only government-run wildlife treatment centre in the region, Lawacherra Wildlife Rescue Centre is running without any veterinary surgeon, nurses and adequate equipment.
Mihir Kumar Doe, former divisional forest officer of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department, said he had informed the higher authorities to appoint required manpower at the rescue centre on an urgent basis.